In this week's episode, we examine barnacles and the wealth of information they hold; explore our brains and perception; and, finally, we test pseudo-LiDAR for self-driving cars. Check it out!
Earth & Environment
The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.
Chemists at the University of Iowa are using National Science Foundation funding to investigate how to remove radioactive substances from water
What happens when lava and water meet? Explosive experiments with human-made lava are helping to answer this important question
California provides mountain lions a wide range of habitats and as an extremely adaptable species, they can live anywhere there are adequate resources
Hydrogen from industrial waste, gripping shrinkage, urban heat archipelagos and shedding ice.
Like any other animal, mountain lions have a specific way to breed and raise their young in order to ensure survival and continuation of the species.
To research mountain lions, scientists must capture wild lions to collect vital data which can determine potential threats and how people can help protect them
Winds blowing across snow dunes on Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf cause the massive ice slab's surface to vibrate, producing a near-constant drumroll of seismic "tones" scientists could potentially use to monitor changes in the ice shelf from afar, according to new research
Affordable sensors dramatically improve aging stormwater community infrastructures to handle flooding, pollution
A quick historical background on the mountain lion in California, including its behaviors, habitats, threats, and its contribution to nature as an apex predator
National Science Foundation-funded Louisiana State University scientists created a detailed history of the oldest and largest Adelie penguin colony in the Northern Antarctic Peninsula
Fabric fab for rehab, cooking up eruptions, down to the wire for virus testing and why researchers want the blues
Some lizards in the eastern U.S. have adapted to invasive fire ants -- which can bite, sting and kill lizards -- reversing geographical trends in behavioral and physical traits used to avoid predators
When administered testosterone, juvenile male golden-collared manakins perform acrobatic courtship displays typical of adult males and express the "chee-poo" mating call.
Living Ink Technologies, a small business supported by the National Science Foundation, is using synthetic biology to develop sustainable ink with algae
Bloody-good sweat, changing climate/changing sex, sauce that delays frost and fab fossil find
Following the Yellowstone National Park wildfires of 1988, Monica Turner, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of integrative biology, immediately got to work studying the recovery of the forests, and has continued to do so in the decades since
The Tanana community is one of four selected for participation in the National Science Foundation project, "Coupling infrastructure improvements to food-energy-water system dynamics in small cold region communities: MicroFEWs"
The Cordova community is one of four selected for participation in the National Science Foundation project, "Coupling infrastructure improvements to food-energy-water system dynamics in small cold region communities: MicroFEWs"
Researchers funded by the National Science Foundation are helping understand changes in the Arctic, from incorporating the unique perspectives of indigenous communities in the Arctic and subarctic to developing new technologies that collect more data to assist with better modeling